Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Whilst its freezing in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer down south. Round 1 of the Australian National season kicked off last weekend. Our Junior ripper Darcy Coutts was out there for us on his Nukeproof Pulse and has sent us this report.
“I had a great weekend racing the National Series in Awaba, New South Wales. Never been there before so always fun learning a new track. It was a difficult trail with awkward rock sections and fast straights. You didn’t really need to pedal although there where spots you could get on the cranks to push the time.
The first day of practise on Friday had unbelievable conditions. Reaching up to 45 degrees made it very hard to ride comfortably. After a few runs and I had my lines how I wanted them and was ready for seeding. Seeding went off on Saturday and I was able to pull an 8th place with a 4:08. I knew I had more in the tank and I needed to push to make something happen between then and racing.
The next day I got my mind set right and was able to focus on attacking the track. Finishing the race I looked back for my time but an issue with the timing board meant I had no idea of my position. Unsure of the outcome I started packing the car to get a start on out long trip home to Ballarat, VIC. I was stoked to find out I got the 5th and smashed my seeding time by 21 seconds with a 3:47 putting me on the podium.
All in all, amazing weekend and a great way to start off the nationals. Thanks to mum, dad and my manager for getting everything for the weekend organised and to all my sponsors for their on going support.”
Photo credit @kanophoto
Nukeproof Horizon: coming 22nd January 2017